More than just another 'electronica' album, Maureen Evans-Hansen brings musicianship and taste to the electronic medium. Though suddenly finding herself poised on the cutting edge of hip, Maureen's music started long before the current wave of 'electronica' and her talents will outlive the whims of fashion. One hears in her music not only the influence of synth masters of the past (i.e., Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra) but also traces of Eastern Indian folk music, psychedelic 60's, and cocktail lounge music, symphony orchestras and house raves. Through a variety of tempos and emotions, these contrasting elements interweave in thought-provoking musical constructions.
Maureen's musical career started in 1986, as the keyboardist for the Omaha-based new wave group Digital Sex. Through Digital Sex, Maureen's unique compositions reached international audiences upon signing with the French Sordide Sentimental record label (which boasted a roster of other such ground-breaking acts as Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and Joy Division). Maureen later went on the be musical director the The World, a group which developed a wide audience, performing with national touring acts such as The Squeeze. In addition to her work with various bands, Maureen has been involved in many projects of her own over the past decade, including live performances, composing theme music for the Omaha-based Planet 23, and contributing her song-writing skills to multimedia events and installation art pieces, such as a sculpture exhibit by Omaha-based artist Cathy Kantor.
Now, in 1998, Maureen unveils her first full-length solo album, Out of the Blue. She has recruited some notable Omaha musicians for the effort: songstress Kristina Eller lends her beautiful voice and melodic invention to "Sway", and respected producer Tom Ware co-produces, mixes, and performs additional percussion on "Big Sur". But through all the widely varying styles on the album, and despite the quirky unpredictability of many of the songs, they are unmistakably bound together by the singular creative voice of Maureen.
In the capable hands, the keyboard ceases to be a generic limitation and becomes a tool which allows her a limitless sonic range -- from gothic orchestras, jazz bands and percussion ensembles, to futuristic chirps and gurgles -- with which to craft dynamic visual sound scapes. Reviews
"...moody, romantic and unpredictable." --Kelli Anders, Omaha World Herald, Feb 1, 1991 "...songs united by a deep concern for atmosphere, ambience, and sonic dynamics." --The Hard Report, May 1990 "...theatrical, poetic, and for all to say, equally captivating." --Le Progres, June 1990 "...sensual and ominous...this is good night music." --Jim Minge, Omaha World herald "...an eclectic joyride from gothic to extreme panavisionary backdrops." --Kelly Powell, The Reader
Digital Sex: 1986-1988 Essense & Charm 1986 Sordide Sentimentale Psychomania 1987 (Label unknown) Innocence at Will 1990 Post Ambient Motion The World: 1989-1992 Christmas Tracks 1989 Tout Ensemble Eyes of the Wilderness 1990 Post Ambient Motion Prime Cuts 1991 Warehouse Producions Essense & Rarities 1997 Post Ambient Motion *Eyes of the Wilderness *re-release+2 bonus tracks 1997 Post Ambient Motion Strap-On Halo: 1994 Saints and Sorcerers 1996 St. Thomas Productions
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